Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 28, 2013
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Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away:
1. You will remember to water the azaleas.
2. You will take detailed, accurate messages.
3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.
5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.
Things that actually happen:
1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
2. He says he has her stuff.
3. What stuff? Her stuff.
4. You tell him your parents won’t be able to—
5. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he—
6. You pick up a pen.
7. You scribble down the address.
8. You get on your bike and go.
9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.*
*also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.
Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy. (from Goodreads)
I knew when I was coming to the end of this book that I would have a hard time putting my feelings into words. I can only say one thing for this book, it definitely lives up to its name, it was WILD!! The whole thing from beginning to end was just crazy but in a good way. There was no crazy sucky part in this book, it was just crazy good, the life in it just jumped off the pages at me and got me in a sort of buzz feeling, an electrifying feeling that just made me want to read all night, and just stay up and feel like I could do anything!
At first I didn’t think much of it but about a quarter in or so I started to see what this book was all about, I started to get Kiri a bit more and understand her feelings. Kiri was not like a lot of characters I’ve read before, she was unique, she was both a smart wonderful musician but with a punkie kind of wild side to her that came to surface when she discovered the truth about her sister’s death and found a new world to experience. That’s when the book became a bit insane to me, it moved very quickly and exciting. I’m really having a hard time explaining how this book made me feel, it was a good type of feeling though. I was captivated by the writing it felt personal, it felt like Kiri was there talking to me, like I was in her mind reading her deepest thoughts, her confusion, her struggles and emotions. Everything. It felt at times like I was invading someone’s personal space. It was a bit fascinating. I kept highlighting lines in this book. This was a favorite:
“It’s amazing how well you can get to know a person if you actually pay attention. People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.”
Besides the great main character that we get in this novel we also get Skunk, who’s also not your typical love interest. I loved Skunk, I loved that I knew there was something special about him from the beginning, I loved to see that this was not your typical hot, washboard abs and good looks type of love interest. I loved that he was flawed and had serious issues of his own, and I just felt that Kiri and him were such a perfect match, I loved that they somehow fit together like puzzle pieces, that they understood each other so well and could eventually help each other. Besides these two characters I pretty much hated everyone else in this book. The people that surrounded Kiri made me so mad, I wanted to yell at someone or punch somebody in the face, it was so aggravating! Ugh!
This novel was just like nothing I’ve read before, it really felt very different and I hate not having the right words to express my true feelings for it. It was thought provoking, with pretty incredible writing, very vibrant main characters and heart wrenching all at the same time. It was just a crazy ride that made you want to hug Kiri tightly, one that will have you feeling all the emotions that she’s feeling, one that just leaves you hoping after the ending that even though she’s a fictional character, that she will find some sort of peace within herself. And I cannot stress this enough: The writing! The writing! The writing! HOLY WOW!!!Pin It